Dems' (Next) Last Stop: Oregon

With highest delegate count remaining, May 20 primary sure to attract attention aplenty
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 3:25 PM CDT
With the biggest delegate jackpot among remaining primaries, Oregon is sure to get some attention from Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton ahead of the May 20 deadline for its mail-in balloting.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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(Newser) – Oregon’s primary, usually a non-event, is shaping up to get an unusual amount of attention this time around, the Oregonian reports. The state has 52 delegates at stake—huge among remaining contests—and is likely to be crucial for the Democrats in the fall as well. Says a state party official: “There’s talk that it’s going to be the last battleground state.”

Barack Obama definitely has an edge, routinely polling 6 to 12 points ahead of Hillary Clinton, but both have invested money and manpower for the primary, a vote-by-mail affair with a May 20 deadline. Obama’s campaign says it’s registered 30,000 new voters in Oregon, while Bill and Chelsea Clinton have visited multiple times. Hillary “does have the chance to surprise folks here,” said her Oregon spokeswoman.